Where to to put Androgel?

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    Mar 24, 2008 2:15 AM GMT
    I wondering if there are any other guys out there that have to use Androgel on a daily basis and if so, where on the body do you put it?

    I used to put in just on my shoulder areas, then I changed to just my stomach and now I put a little in each area (shoulders,upper arms, stomach and upper leg).

    I'm wondering if it makes a difference where you put it. Any comments?
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    Mar 24, 2008 4:00 AM GMT
    I'm not even sure what it is, fotoman.
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    Mar 24, 2008 4:15 AM GMT
    tommysguns2000 saidI'm not even sure what it is, fotoman.


    It's a steroid in a lotion format so you absorb it through the skin.

    Since it's only available by prescription, I suggest asking your doctor.
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    Mar 24, 2008 11:42 AM GMT
    gayfotoman saidI wondering if there are any other guys out there that have to use Androgel on a daily basis and if so, where on the body do you put it?

    I used to put in just on my shoulder areas, then I changed to just my stomach and now I put a little in each area (shoulders,upper arms, stomach and upper leg).

    I'm wondering if it makes a difference where you put it. Any comments?


    The shoulder area, stomach, and upper arms are the indicated application areas on the AndroGel instruction sheet. I believe that these areas are recommended for (1) safety and (2) desirable absorbtion rate through the skin. The upper legs are not recommended (unless the instructions have changed since about a year ago).

    The instruction sheet also explicitly (and boldly) advises "Never apply AndroGel to your genitals (penis or scrotum) or to skin with open sores, wounds, or irritation." I presume that you are asking about application areas because if you are using a high dosage (in my case, the maximum of 8 pumps/day), it can be difficult to get all the gel onto the recommended areas without some sloughing off in the process (messy, dose affected, and an expensive loss). Therefore until the gel dries, with any movement there could be a chance of transfer of gel from the upper legs to the genital area--not good.

    What I eventually ended up doing was using two sequential applications (to get the correct dose), with the second application following the first as soon as the first dried.

    My doctor thought that was OK, and maybe it is. However, my blood level of total and free testosterone were checked 3 months after beginning the HRT and there was virtually no change (~$1600 of AndroGel later--fortunately most of which was covered by insurance). So we switched to injections at two week intervals.

    I originally chose the gel as a matter of convenience and because I guessed that side effects would be less likely with a continuous dosage, compared with the varying level between injections. But in addition to the injections costing MUCH less than the gel, I also found them to be more convenient (my doctor is located only a couple of miles away) than the daily gel applications done at home . In addition, it is recommended that one apply the gel at approximately the same time each day, which can cause problems with regard to the recommendations that a certain time pass between the application of the gel and showering or swimming (reduces dose), and between body contact with another person (esp. female)(inter-person transfer of the gel).

    If you would like to get a copy of a complete AndroGel instruction sheet, PM me.

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    Mar 24, 2008 3:21 PM GMT
    I've seen the insert that comes with the packaging. The nurse told me once it might work better on thinner skin areas like the insid of biceps or inner thigh.

    I guess what I was asking if anybody that does use this has found a particular area that works better.

    I have found if I use a blow dryer, the gel drys much quicker. The doctor told me it wouldn't affect how it works.
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    Mar 24, 2008 4:32 PM GMT
    gayfotoman said:
    I've seen the insert that comes with the packaging. The nurse told me once it might work better on thinner skin areas like the insid of biceps or inner thigh.

    I guess what I was asking if anybody that does use this has found a particular area that works better.


    I'm not sure what you mean by "works better" (absorbed more quickly? ...drys more quickly?, etc.). As I indicated in my previous post, what "works better" for me in almost all aspects is to get injections rather than use the gel. However, if you prefer to use the gel, and have the insert (information/instructions sheet) that comes with the pump, then I'd recommend following the instructions. Presumably the "rules/instructions" therein are based on experience gained during and from the development and trials and not on speculation.

    Rule 4 says: "Men should apply gel to starred (upper arm/shoulders) or shaded (abdomen) areas ONLY(my emphasis). From the drawing(s) it would appear to me that "upper arm" could include the biceps (and I'm pretty sure that that was one of the areas that I coated). There is no mention of the upper legs.

    Rule 5 says: "Apply AndroGel only to healthy, normal skin on your abdomen (stomach area), shoulders, or upper arms. In this way your body will absorb the right amount of testosterone." (my emphasis)

    Rule 5 also says (as I mentioned previously): "Never apply AndroGel to your genitals (penis or scrotum)." (emphasis in instructions) Rule 10 says: Once your hands are washed and the application site is covered with clothing, there is little risk of transferring testosterone to someone else's skin due to bodily contact. If, however, yoou expect direct skin contact with someone else, you should wash your application site(s) with soap and water before that encounter. This will reduce the chance that the medicine will transfer to the other person.

    Collectively, these two rules would indicate to me that applying the gel to your inner thighs might not be a good idea since transfer could occur between the upper thigh(s) and penis/scrotum (especially if you sweat in that area).

    In the Q & A part of the instructions, it again emphasizes avoiding skin-to-skin contact with another person:

    "What should I avoid while using Androgel?"

    "It is important that you do not spread the medicine to others, especially women and children. Be sure to wash your hands after applying AndroGel. Do not allow other persons to contact your skin where you have applied AndroGel(my emphasis), especially pregnant or nursing women."

    Since the instruction also emphasize that AndroGel should not come in contact with the genitals, it would seem to me that to be safe this advice would apply to inner thigh/genital contact as well.

    And finally...

    As best I recall, the early Androgel instructions indicated an additional area where the gel could be applied (but I've forgotten where that was). Since the new instructions do not include that area, I assume that the current instructions may reflect observations and experience gained during usage of the gel by the public.

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    Mar 26, 2008 2:29 AM GMT
    shoulders, upper arms and back -- my doc said to spread it over as much of my shoulders and back as i could reach. just not the lower back. and of course chest is good to, but be careful on the pecs; b*tch tits. icon_eek.gif
    good luck!